Estonia is the smallest of the Baltic States, It boasts pristine forests, remote offshore islands, gothic architecture, colorful design, and crumbling castles. Not only is the country becoming more and more popular among those who want to explore its beauty, but it also welcomes an ever-increasing number of international medical tourists seeking high-quality, affordable treatments. With talented and highly qualified surgeons, world-class medical facilities, advanced medical technology, no waiting lists, and relatively affordable price, it is no wonder that the country is gaining recognition as a hub of medical tourism. International medical tourists typically come for orthopedic, plastic, or weight loss surgeries, particularly bariatric procedures.
Popular Cities and Regions in Estonia
Tallinn, the capital and healthcare hub of Estonia, is a city in transition. It is steeped in medieval charm, yet also ultra-modern in many parts. Its cobbled streets are lined with historic monuments, churches, and cafés. It also boasts a burgeoning restaurant scene and lively nightlife. The main attraction in Tallinn is the Old Town, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by a well-preserved medieval city wall that offers some great viewpoints such as the Kohtuotsa viewing platform.
Along with Tallinn, Tartu is also a popular tourist destination and it serves as the healthcare hub of the country. Dating back to 1030, it is the oldest city in Estonia. Today, it is a university filled city with youthful energy. Some of the most popular attractions of the city are the Estonian National Museum, Tartu Art Museum, the Town Hall Square, and the ruins of Tartu Cathedral.
Transport in Estonia
Tallinn Airport is the largest airport in Estonia that is open to both domestic and international flights, mainly to major cities in Europe and the Middle East. Some budget airlines operate flights from this airport, including EasyJet and Ryanair. The best way to travel around the country is by bus and tickets can be bought from the ticket office in the bus station or directly from the driver. The rail network in the country is limited, but trains are fast and cheap. You can purchase the ticket from the conductor. In bigger cities, the public transport system is comprehensive. Taxis are widely available as well.
Visas in Estonia
Estonia is part of the Schengen area. Therefore, nationals of the EU, EEA, and anyone who holds a residence permit of a Schengen State do not need a visa to enter the country. Citizens of other countries need to obtain a Schengen Visa to visit Estonia.
Weather in Estonia
June to August is the summer is Estonia, which has hot and sunny days. Winter starts in November and ends in February. As the temperature plummets, winter in Estonia is cold and with plenty of snow. Spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September to October, has pleasant weather and is generally the best time to visit the country.
Local Currency: Estonia adopted the euro (€) on 1 January 2011. €1 converts to approximately US$1.2.
Money & Payments: US Dollars and British Pounds can be easily exchanged locally in banks. ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are widely accepted in major restaurants, hotels, and shops. Tipping is optional, and it is customary to tip 10% on top of the bill for good service.
Local Language: Estonian is the official language. However, nearly everyone in the country can speak a foreign language, most commonly English and Russian. Some people can also speak Finnish, Swedish, and German as well.
Local Culture and Religion: Estonia doe not have any state religion, and many of the population are either nonreligious or atheist. Most of the religious population follows Christianity. A small percentage of people adhere to Estonian Neopaganism or other native faiths, Islam, or Buddhism.
Public holidays: Some public holidays that are widely celebrated in Estonia include Independence Day (24 February) and Midsummer Day (Jaanipäev – 24 June). Although many Estonians are irreligious, Christmas is still widely celebrated.